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Rebecca is a year 2 musical theatre student at University Centre Colchester who MusicalBlurb saw perform at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester.
Why did you choose a career in musical theatre?
I have loved singing and dancing for as long as I can remember. I used to do karaoke in my living room from the age of 4 and my Mum started showing me musicals. I remember being obsessed with Grease throughout my childhood. I started Stage Coach when I turned a teenager and it motivated me even more!
Which musical performers inspire you?
Actually Carrie Hope-Fletcher is probably my biggest one right now and of course I love all the popular musical theatre stars such as Kristen Chenoweth, Lea Salonga, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Sutton Foster – the list goes on and on, and recently I have fallen in love with Neil Patrick Harris, I think he is such an amazing triple threat. Lea Michelle is also amazing!
You recently did an amazing performance of Pulled from The Addams Family, a song in which Wednesday Addams is a character in conflict between good and bad. How challenging was this song for you? Which was the hardest part to get right?
I actually found the song very challenging as I only started to work on my belting around a year ago and this song has a variety of different voice qualities that are needed to have the correct effect on the audience. The vocal stamina which is needed for the last couple of lines of the song is crazy and this is probably what I struggled with the most, keeping the belt strong and pulling off that end note! I love the fact that I could play around with Wednesday’s emotions and make her completely mental.